Gina gets ready to sing for Charity shows

Gina Townend in rehearsals as Charity Hope Valentine in Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company production of Sweet Chairty at Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, : Wed 19th - Sat 22nd June 2013. ''Picture courtesy of Kevin Cheesright of 'Photoshoot'
Gina Townend in rehearsals as Charity Hope Valentine in Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company production of Sweet Chairty at Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, : Wed 19th - Sat 22nd June 2013. ''Picture courtesy of Kevin Cheesright of 'Photoshoot'

Hey Big Spender will be belted out at the Montgomery Theatre next week as Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company perform the musical, Sweet Charity.

The production features Gina Townend as the ‘gullible and guileless’ Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer in New York, and Matthew Walker as the timid tax accountant Oscar Lindquist who becomes her unlikely suitor.

Both Gina and Matthew are familiar faces on the amateur stage. Gina most recently took the role of Babe in Southey Musical Theatre Company’s production of Pajama Game while Matthew played Fagin in Oliver! with Ellesmere Operatic Society. Sweet Charity also features Debbie and Steve Mather, Danni Hibbert, Steve Pashley, Chris Badham and Kerry Towndrow in principal roles.

Originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by Bob Fosse in 1966 the musical was made into a 1969 film starring Shirley MacLaine in the title role.

As well as Big Spender, familiar tunes in this frothy Broadway musical include If My Friends Could See Me Now , Rhythm of Life and the title song..

Handsworth and Hallam Theatre was formed in 2002 by the amalgamation of Handsworth Operatic Society and Sheffield Hallam Operatic Society.

Sweet Charity is at the Montgomery Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday.